Important note: All of the passenger vehicles for which the Institute has 40 mph frontal offset crash test results are shown on this website. The Institute tries to cover as much of the marketplace as possible with this testing program. The vehicles represent a range of manufacturers and the largest portions of new car sales. Please note that we do not have crash test results for other vehicles, and we do not release information in advance about individual vehicles (or categories of vehicles) we plan to test. Check back with our site periodically or sign up on our homepage for email notification of our news releases that cover new crash test results.
In addition to the 40 mph frontal offset test, a wide range of tests are performed at the IIHS Vehicle Research Center. They include:
LOW-SPEED (BUMPER) CRASH TESTS Bumpers should protect car bodies from damage in low-speed collisions, the kind that frequently occur in congested urban traffic. But many don't. The Institute conducts four 5 mph crash tests to assess bumper performance.
HEAD RESTRAINT TESTS You know that safety belts and airbags restrain occupants in a crash, but did you know that the thing on the seat that many call a "head rest" is really a restraint that prevents heads from snapping back in a rear-end collision? At least that's what head restraints are supposed to do if they're well designed and properly adjusted. Is yours? Find evaluations of head restraints in more than 2000 vehicles.
SIDE IMPACT TESTS The Institute has conducted both side-into-pole and vehicle-to-vehicle crash tests to demonstrate the effectiveness of side airbags that protect people's heads as well as torsos.
Consumer publications that provide more vehicle evaluation information:
Injury, Collision & Theft Losses If you want to know which vehicles have good, bad, or mediocre ratings for insurance injury, collision, and theft losses, see this Highway Loss Data Institute publication.
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